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See If I Care
Genres: Country, Pop
While Nashville hitmakers Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney rose from clunky B-level stars to bankable stadium fillers, Gary Allan quietly tapped his foot waiting for the rest of the world to get hip to his cool. On his fifth a... more »
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While Nashville hitmakers Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney rose from clunky B-level stars to bankable stadium fillers, Gary Allan quietly tapped his foot waiting for the rest of the world to get hip to his cool. On his fifth album, the California surfer/singer--finally nominated for the CMA Horizon award in 2003--gets back to the smoldering alt-country-goes-mainstream groove that made 1999?s Smoke Rings in the Dark so brilliant, but which he?d abandoned on 2002?s Alright Guy. In a taut tenor, roughed up by cigarettes, liquor, and 3 A.M. ruminations, Allan sings about the inevitable surrender to romantic pain. On "Drinkin? Dark Whiskey," he swaggers with roadhouse libido, bragging of "tellin? white lies" as a blistering electric guitar break mocks it all. But by the next song ("Can?t Do It Today"), in which he angrily vows forgiveness won?t come soon for a cheating mate, the lyrics belie his torment: "I can see you dancing in that stranger?s arms/My world hasn?t stopped turning, but it?s fallen apart." Elsewhere, he sings of the joys and fears of fatherhood ("Tough Little Boys") and hauls in Jim Lauderdale for harmonies on the Buck Owens-meets-the-Texas Tornadoes romp of "Guys Like Me." But as the last cut shows, when the lights go down he?s the itinerant musician of Jesse Winchester?s stark "A Showman?s Life" desperate to stave off loneliness. It?s in the album?s blue notes that Allan shows himself to be country?s most important New Voice, superstardom be damned. --Alanna Nash
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Opening strong with pure honky-tonk and then ending on a soft note with the ballad `A Showman's Life', Gary Allan has delivered his strongest album to date with `See if I Care'. With a few great singles dealing with everything from broken relationships, which is tackled nicely in `Songs About Rain', to dealing with watching your little girl grow up on `Tough Little Boys' which is sure to bring even the toughest man to his knees. Songs like `I Can Love You' and the radio favorite `Nothing On But The Radio' show that this guy isn't all about failed relationships, he knows how to make the right ones work, and songs like the opener `Drinkin' Dark Whiskey' and `Can't Do It Today' show that country is in this mans soul. Any fan of Gary's previous efforts will gulp this one up with no regrets for every track is designed to please right to the core!"